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A 4-Star Certified Built Green Home Remodel

Ballard Locks Residence

A 4-Star Certified Built Green home.

This project was a whole-house remodel requiring a reimagining of a tired, inefficient, and challenging 1980s remodel of a 1937 home. Knowing that the location was within bike commuting distance of their employment, our clients saw the potential for this home to be an energy-efficient, long-lasting, and beautiful home for them to treasure for years.

Removing the shackles of the lackluster 1980s remodel and modernizing the home to last for decades more, this house reaps the benefits of salvaging embodied energy while looking towards the future.

The program called for a layout of open living spaces focused on the breathtaking Olympic Mountain views, connected by a central hall. Ancillary spaces allowed for our clients’ hobbies of music and ham radio to have dedicated rooms. Tying this beautiful and functional home together in a thorough and integrated approach to sustainability has earned this house a Built Green 4 Star Certification.

Our approach was to pack the existing framing with insulation, and provide a seamless air barrier. A heat recovery ventilation system ensures tempered fresh air fills the home, and the formerly stifling upper floor is now comfortable, despite the western exposure. The generous roof allows for great southern exposure to fuel the home’s solar system, and the roof itself collects the runoff in rain barrels used for landscape irrigation.

The second-floor powder room saves space and resources with an all-in-one greywater system that recycles hand-washing water into the toilet tank. Like many successful remodels, this project effectively reconfigures an existing footprint to live larger, better, and more efficiently.

The modern, built-in cabinetry is integral to the architecture of the home, and the spacious floor plan is perfect for entertaining. It can be easy to overlook the incredible attention to detail that transforms this house into a home that sustainably looks to the future, while not ignoring the legacy of the past, because it was designed to work and feel so natural: one of the true hallmarks of this great project.

Client Review:
“After interviewing 4 architects for our major home remodel, we chose Jeff Pellitier and his firm Board & Vellum for the the job. We like his mixture of experience in larger firms, pragmatic and cost-conscious approach, and desire to create working yet artful spaces. I particularly liked his prior experience with construction management, which is critical to successful execution. […] Jeff has assembled a good team as well. We have worked with several of them during various stages of the work. […] We care a lot about building green (without going crazy) and recycling/reuse wherever possible and they are helping us do this where it makes sense. Jeff also helped us select a contractor and is keen on keeping them integrally involved in the project planning to ensure smooth construction process. […] Jeff has been very open about the process, timing and costs. Billing is very detailed and understandable. No surprises. […] Board and Vellum and Jeff Pellitier (& team!) have my highest recommendation.”
Read the full review on Houzz.

B&V Project Team:
Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHCPrincipal
Matthew Hagen, AIAProject Lead
Ryan AdanalianDesign Team
Anne Hamilton, AIADesign Team

This project was built by Hammer & Hand.
Structural Engineering services by Bykonen Carter Quinn.
Photos by John G Wilbanks Photography.

Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Built Green Four Star Certified Home
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Natural wood siding paired with metal.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Bright yellow front door.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Bench at the front door.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Stairs with wood treads and painted risers.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Step lights for each stair.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Stair open to hallway.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Metal cable tension railing.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Looking across the stairwell to the kitchen.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Open stair to the first floor.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Storage for cookbooks in the kitchen island.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Folding doors off the kitchen to the deck.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Folding glass doors open up to the deck.
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – View of the Ballard Locks from the Deck
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Ballard Locks Residence: Green Home Remodel – Sweeping water view from the open deck.
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